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OC Police Using Social Media to Find Cruisin' Offenders

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Screen shot of Cruisin' OC drag race (Photo: Facebook) Screen shot of Cruisin' OC drag race (Photo: Facebook)

OCEAN CITY, Md. - In the days following the 2016 Cruisin' Ocean City event, more and more videos have been popping up on social media from people showcasing their burnouts and drag races.  The problem for the people posting the videos is that the Ocean City Police Department is watching them very closely.

Some of the videos from last weekend have received hundreds of thousands of views on Facebook.  At least a handful of views have comes from police officers who are not watching the video to see who won the illegal drag race.

"Our officers do the same thing that a lot of car enthusiasts do," said Lindsay Richards of the Ocean City Police Department.  "They look for these videos that people post online, on social media.  And we have been successful in convicting individuals as a result of looking at these videos."

Just last year, a driver was cited after his actions were caught on camera and posted online.  Police officials say when these videos are posted, its an easy starting point for an investigation.  Police can turn to the person who posted the video, or look at the individuals tagged in the photo or video.

"Our officers will be looking at these videos and if they can positively identify the drivers and get probable cause to charge that driver with any wrongdoing, reckless driving, things of that nature, then the driver should expect a ticket in the mail," Richards said.

If drivers are identified, they could faces charges for different offenses like driving to cause skidding or excessive noise, negligent driving, or reckless driving.

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